Antique Airfield has returned to a more bucolic state now that the 2017 AAA/APM Fly-in is over.

While not a comprehensive report (that will be published in the next issue of the Antique Airfield Runway) we can report some preliminary results for the event:

  1. We had absolutely perfect weather for the event.
  2. A preliminary count shows 353 aircraft from at least 34 states in attendance. That should go up some when the count is justified.
  3. The variety of aircraft was outstanding this year - perhaps the best it’s been in a few years.
  4. We had members & guests in attendance from all over the US & Canada, as well as visitors from Switzerland & England.
  5. Fuel sales were up, with over 3100 gals pumped by the crew of Classic Aviation from Pella, IA.
  6. There was flying every day from dawn till dusk.
  7. The Grand Champion Antique was Ryan Lihs’ 1929 Pitcairn PA-6 from Sioux City, IA (we’ll have a complete list and pictures of the award winners posted soon).

Antique Airfield at the height of the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Dave Swartz photo)

Perhaps the fly-in can be summed up best, via a quote from a fly-in attendee.... "The food. The access to aircraft. The Fly-market. The weather. The volunteers. The registration people. The ban on golf carts and electric scooters. The vendors (or lack of). Man, you got everything right!"

Of course it would be impossible for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in to happen without our loyal and growing cadre of volunteers that help do everything from ATC, to trash collection (we’ll have a complete list and photos of our volunteers posted soon)

Keep watching this page and our Facebook pagefor more reports, reviews, pictures and videos from the 2017 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.

And mark your calendars for Aug 29th through Sept 3rd, 2018, when we’ll once again host the 2018 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA!

Brent Taylor

Grand Champion Antique, Ryan Lihs’ 1929 Pitcairn PA-6 from Sioux City, IA (Jack Fleetwood photo)